Maxence Martin
Maxence Martin

Maxence Martin became the first French West Coast Swing Champion.

Formerly a judo black belt and champion he started his dance career in Lindy-Hop. He quickly fell in love with WCS, and started his training in 2007 with the greatest in California, achieving champion status within one year.

Involved in the West Coast Swing community and traveling all over the world to share his knowlegde and passion for the dance, in 2011 he was awarded the Best International Dancer title at the Westie Awards. He performed two routines at the US Open with his famous partner Kellese Key (Texas).

Virginie Grondin
Virginie Grondin

Virginie Grondin is one of the best West Coast Swing dancers in Europe right now, and she's also proving a hit in the United States. She won the UK Open and Midland Swing Open in 2010. She placed in the Champions division at three of the biggest American events : Boogie By the Bay (San Francisco), Madjam (Washington) and Swing Diego (San Diego).

Virginie started dancing when she was just five years old. Beginning with rock'n'roll and Boogie, she moved to solo dances, like modern jazz, classical and contemporary. She studied in the National Superior Dance Conservatory and succeeded in the technical final examination. She discovered West Coast Swing in 2007 and since, she's growing very quickly in the community, thanks to her previous training and her natural talent for this dance.

Kyle Redd and Sarah Van Drake

Kyle Redd and Sarah Van Drake have been working and dancing for 11 years as a WCS couple. They are the only couple of WCS, which earned the US Open Swing Dance Champion titles in the section »showcase« and »classic« at the same time. In addition to the »showcase« and »classic« titles they earned more titles in the disciplines: strictly, team and Jack & Jill.

Kyle and Sarah are five times champions NASDE, 8 time Grand National Champions and keep hundrets of West Coast Swing titles in Jack & Jill and strictly.

Diego Borges & Jessica Pacheco

Diego Borges has earned a degree in Physical Education from the Federal University of Ceará specializing in Dance Teaching Methodology. Jessica Pacheco is a graduate with a degree in accounting Sciences from the Federal University of Ceará.
They are pioneers in teaching West Coast Swing in South America and the first Brazilians’ to win official competition in West Coast Swing. Diego & Jessica also hope to spread Zouk, one of the most widespread dances in Brazil, to the world outside. Currently, this very unique couple is traveling; teaching and spreading Zouk, and other Brazilian dances, and West Coast Swing all over the world!

As well as placing highly in The Champions & Invitational Divisions, in the last 2 years they have placed 4th and 2nd respectively in the US OPEN Showcase Division!!

PJ Turner & Tashina Beckman

PJ Turner and Tashina Beckmann were brought together by a mutual passion: joy of movement through West Coast Swing.

They began their partnership in May 2013, and debuted their 1st ever Classic Routine in July 2013 at Swingtime in the Rockies. Throughout their partnership they continuously place Top 5 at major US NASDE and other WSDC events in the Classic Division, after having a phenomenal start with their "Feel Again" and "Counting Stars" routines.

Almost immediately following their debut they started teaching workshop weekends throughout the US and at the beginning of 2014 they were asked to be on staff at National and International Events. Promoters and students alike love their fun energetic personalities, humorous accents, professionalism, and passion for late night dancing.

Their partnership is strengthened by the fact that their individual and now mutual life dreams were to be professional dancers, and they are so grateful they get to experience this journey together. People often question how a long distance partnership from Tennessee to California works? PJ & Tashina answer with "When You Love what you Do, You Find a way to make it work".

Early on in the partnership PJ dubbed Tashina with the nickname "Taz", to capture the spirit of her wild hair and ridiculous sounds she makes in the place of counting. PJ's nickname "Paco Jose" stems from a misunderstanding of what PJ actually stands for, ever since then it has stuck.

Together Taz & Paco look forward to the continued journey of their West Coast Swing experience.?

Brandi Guild

Dancing was not a part of Brandi’s early life. Beginning at age 5, softball was her focus. It paid off, as she was awarded a full athletic scholarship to pitch for Marshall University. After making it to the final round of trials for the US Olympic team, Brandi was ready for the next chapter in her life.

Dancing happened by accident. A move to Las Vegas and a night out at a county/western club with her sister, Brandi found what she was meant to do. After joining a dance team, she took the bold step of moving to Michigan to pursue her first professional dance partnership. Less than 2 years later, she won her first world championship.

Michael Kielbasa

Michael has been training and dancing for the past 20 years, in most styles of Partner Dancing. He lives in San Diego, California and teaches out of Starlight Dance Studio. As one of the top Champion West Coast Swing Professionals Michael has been traveling, teaching and performing not only in the United States but in countries like Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, Brazil and Australia. He is known for his instruction, choreography, unique style, approach and quality. Michael is dedicated to the growth of all Dance, its recognition as a sport and exciting social activity for everyone to enjoy.


Peter Flood

Peter Flood

Peter Flood - Northampton (UK)

Justin Petersen

Justin Petersen

Justin Peterson - London (UK)

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